Singularity of Purpose, Mind, and Life Itself
In the beginning, God created all life. It was intended that life on this planet would never cease. Unfortunately, through the rebellion of Eve and Adam, sin entered this world and death through sin (cf. Romans 5:12). The effects of sin were instantaneous, bringing a true corrupting influence throughout all of God’s Creation. Man immediately began to die physically and spiritual life connected with the Creator was cut off at that time. At that time also, the door was opened to Satan, inviting him into replace man as ruler of this planet. It remains so today.
Because of sin, God was forced to curse the earth so that it would begin to “die” along with humanity. Animals and plants were also included. It wouldn’t work to have a perfect planet where all animals were vegetarian and did not fear one another or man, while a corrupt and fallen human race walked the earth. Of course, the curse – in several respects – was a blessing. It forced man to work hard, to labor in the fields, and to toil among crops and herds. While not granting man eternal life in the physical, man would be healthy physically and mentally because of the work he was forced to do in order to remain physically alive. The spiritual end of things required much more and could only be completed by God Himself, which came in the form of God the Son taking on humanity (using it to clothe His deity), living a sinless life, voluntarily dying in the place of humanity so that those who trusted in God’s redemptive plant would gain spiritual “renewal” (eternal life).
One of the more interesting things we see in Genesis immediately after the fall of humanity through sin, is that God forced Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. This was done, in part, to keep the two from eating of the Tree of Life, which would have granted them eternal life, but as physical beings. In other words, they would not have died physically. However, it would not have affected their spiritual condition (Genesis 3), which had already been fully corrupted. Once Adam and Eve were forcibly ousted from the garden, angels were set to guard the Tree of Life. Because of that, no one would be able to get to it in order to eat the fruit that would then result in eternal physical life.
Imagine if man had gotten a bite of the fruit of the Tree of Life. Though there were many trees in the Garden of Eden and God warned Adam and Eve about not eating of the one tree. Yet, they failed to obey. Also interesting is that had they eaten of the Tree of Life first they likely would never have had the desire to give into the temptation to eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree.
Satan (through the Serpent) tempted our first parents to reach for deity by disobeying God. They succumbed. While their eyes were opened, they lost tremendously and so did we. Nonetheless, God, in His infinite love and wisdom, provided an eternal cure for the problem, if only people will receive what He freely gives.
That has been man’s path since the garden. Man has endeavored to do things on his own, believing that if he works hard enough to discover new technology, “eternal life” without God is possible. The term for this is called “Transhumanism.” It is the blending of humanity with technology (including artificial intelligence and virtual reality) in order to create “eternal life.” Who needs God when we have Technocrats who have been busy designing systems that will grant them power over death? It’s clear that they do not intend to share with us minions, though right now, we are their guinea pigs. They want the glory, the rewards, and the benefits of this growing technology all for themselves. They’re simply using us (and the resources of this earth) to achieve it.
Paul McQuire speaks of the “singularity.” He explains it this way:
“When dying men and women upload their consciousness into computers they will merge their human consciousness with Super Artificial Intelligence surpassing that of ordinary human beings. This tipping point where computers will become more intelligent than people is called The Singularity.”
People have eyes to see and brains to think, but many people cannot see the dangers in The Singularity. It seems clear enough that this type of technology is described in the book of Revelation.
“And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed,” (Revelation 1315).
We do not really know what form of technology (or supernatural power) the false prophet uses to bring the image of the beast to “life,” but clearly, people of the future are so impressed with it that they worship it. That says something, knowing what we know about technology now.
Today, we have all forms of transhumanism happening right in front of our noses. People who have spinal injuries are learning to walk again with the help of science. Nanotechnology is giving people new chances at life and new opportunities in life. These are good things.
Unfortunately, humanity wants to use this type of technology to live forever physically. It is the same problem that existed during the time immediately after the fall. Then, the danger existed that our first parents would eat from the Tree of Life and live forever physically, in a completely fallen state. Taken to the extreme, transhumanism is being used for the same purpose; physical eternal life without God.
There is nothing wrong with helping people walk again or using technology to fix things in people that are broken so they can live the remainder of their lives with fewer problems and in better health. The issue is when transhumanism is seen as the progenitor of “eternal life.” This is completely opposed to God’s created order. He does not want us to live forever physically as fallen individuals. This is why death occurs. It is through death that those who are saved will have new bodies that will be incorruptible. Paul tells us as much in 1 Corinthians 15:53, when he says, “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
Our current bodies – with their corruption – are not fit for heaven. Through death (or the Rapture) authentic Christians are changed forever, fully fitted with bodies that can move between eternal dimensions with ease as Christ and angels do. Those who leave this life without Christ continue in their corruption, having chosen to reject God’s gracious love and gift of salvation.
Man has always tried to do things his way, taking his lead from Satan himself. Failure is always the consistent result. It seems that at some point during the Tribulation period of the future, man gains enough technology to bring a statue – an image – to life. People marvel and ultimately worship. They believe the great “singularity” has occurred and man has crossed over from finite to infinite. Whether it’s done through actual technology or supernatural tomfoolery isn’t the point. The point is that the world is taken in by it and gives themselves over wholeheartedly to the Antichrist, Satan’s spiritual “son.”
Transhumanism and The Singularity are merely attempts by man to prove that God is not needed; that man can do without God because man is a god. This is the way of humanity that seeks to gain eternal life without going through God and doing it His way. While great scientific and technological things are achieved by humanity, we cannot ever replace God. It is He who gave us life to begin with and it is He who takes it away. Ultimately, man’s efforts to become god will fail miserably. God will prove that to humanity once and for all.
We’ll have more to say on this subject in future articles. Stay tuned for those and our continuing series on “Meaning of the ‘Day of the Lord'” as well!